Officials are declaring the second Daniel Boone Festival since Barbourville became wet as a major success, citing low arrest rates and no major crimes reported throughout the city.
“We only made four arrests,” said Barbourville City Police Chief Winston Tye, whose officers worked around the clock to make sure the festival was safe for the public this year.
While this number is up from last year when only one arrest was made, Chief Tye points out this year’s arrests did not result in major charges.
“There’s no major charges, only public intoxication,” concluded Chief Tye.
Mayor David Thompson is happy with the low crime rate, as well.
“As far as the police end of it, last year we had one arrest. This year we had three or four. They were nothing, just people who came to town on drugs and alcohol and weren’t in the shape to let them walk around and cause trouble,” said Mayor Thompson. “I think the festival went really good.”
Mayor Thompson added the biggest problem the city faced during the DBF this year was instead on the clean-up side.
“On Sunday morning when you ride around the Square, you can’t tell the festival was there. Saturday night clean-up was tough because it started raining on the crews,” said Mayor Thompson. “There’s always a bunch of little problems the public doesn’t know about like that.”
DBF President Travis Carmack added the festival would not have been the success it was without the help of several people all working together with the same goal.
“This year was an extraordinary success,” said Carmack. “I, and on behalf of the committee, want to thank Mayor David Thompson and Robbie Cobb of the City Street Department, Judge J.M. Hall and the staff of the courthouse, Denise Wainscott of Barbourville Tourism, the Barbourville Mountain Advocate for their continued support and partnership and all the citizens of Barbourville and Knox County. This festival is a culmination of all of us working together for the benefit of the community.”